California Republicans React to GOP Debate

The last GOP debate before Super Tuesday is in the can. Co-hosted by CNN and Telemundo, it was viewed by 14.5 million people on Thursday evening. The debate crystallized that this is now essentially a three-person show: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). And things really got hot, as the gloves came off.

Moderator Wolf Blitzer, Republican presidential candidates, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., businessman Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Houston.

How Trump Won the GOP Debate by Losing It

The GOP debate in Houston on Thursday night was arguably Donald J. Trump’s worst of the entire 2016 campaign. He allowed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to mock him, and hurled insults while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took the high road. Rubio’s supporters are justifiably gleeful, and Cruz’s supporters were reassured to see him win on home turf.

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Ted Cruz Needs to Build a Broader Coalition

The conventional wisdom remains that the only way for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to beat Donald Trump is to attack him relentlessly over the next week until Super Tuesday, especially in Thursday night’s GOP debate. That is the same bad

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Donald Trump Hits 50% In Massachusetts Primary Poll

One of the dozen-plus states that votes during next week’s (March 1) Super Tuesday is Massachusetts. A new poll, some of which was taken after Jeb Bush announced he was dropping out, shows Donald Trump with a commanding lead. The

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Clinton’s Kludgy Nevada Win

With all the joy and eagerness of a patient about to have her teeth drilled, Nevada’s caucus-goers gave Hillary Clinton a badly needed win, and left Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) asking what comes next. When all the shouting was over, Clinton, 68, had defeated her 74-year-old Brooklyn-born opponent by less than 700 votes out of the roughly 11,800 cast.

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Texas Could Be Kingmaker in 2016 GOP Primary

This year, however, Texas will join eleven other states on a “Super Tuesday” primary on March 1. With fifteen-and-counting Republicans in the race, the chances that the field would significantly narrow with just the first four states are very low. “Texas is the reddest of the red states, and unfortunately, in previous cycles our primary hasn’t mattered much,” Texas GOP chairman Tom Mechler told the Morning News, sharing his satisfaction that in 2016, Texas Republicans would “have a say in who is the next Republican nominee for president.”

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